Price, Plekanec lead Canadiens over Senators

The Canadian Press | Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 11:15 PM

MONTREAL (CP) - Tomas Plekanec's second-period goal, and a strong performance by Carey Price, gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-1 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators on Thursday night in NHL pre-season action.

Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Habs (3-3-1), while Price made 29 saves.

Cory Conacher was the lone goal scorer for Ottawa (4-2-0). Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots.

The Senators outshot Montreal 30-25.

This was Montreal's second game in as many against the Senators. Ottawa beat Montreal 5-2 on Wednesday.

The Senators, who have played three games in as many nights, fielded a much younger - and less-experienced - team on Thursday. Veterans Jason Spezza, Chris Neil, and Erik Karlsson were all healthy scratches.

Ottawa got on the scoreboard first when Conacher tapped a loose puck into the net at 5:09 of the first.

Price stopped the initial Chris Wideman shot from the blue line, but neither he nor Andrei Markov could clear the puck. The goal was Conacher's third of the pre-season.

Galchenyuk tied the score late in the first, completing a nice tic-tac-toe play between him, Lars Eller, and Daniel Briere.

Plekanec gave the Canadiens the lead, and the eventual win, at 18:06 of the second period, firing a shot in the roof of the net from the face-off circle to Anderson's right.

Max Pacioretty doubled the Canadiens' lead mid-way through the final frame.

Earlier in the day, the Canadiens announced that eight players had been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Habs' AHL affiliate, including forward Christian Thomas and defender Greg Pateryn.

The Canadiens open the regular season at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:09OTT Cory Conacher (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Wideman (1) 1 - 0 OTT
17:42MTL Alex Galchenyuk (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (1), Lars Eller (1) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
18:06MTL Tomas Plekanec (1) Slapshot - ASST: Brian Gionta (1), Rene Bourque (1) 2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
11:14MTL Max Pacioretty (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (2), David Desharnais (1) 3 - 1 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Max Pacioretty
Max Pacioretty
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:21
Daniel Briere
Daniel Briere
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:48
Alex Galchenyuk
Alex Galchenyuk
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 11:56
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:35OTT Michael Sdao  Holding  - 2 min against  Daniel Briere
11:02MTL P.K. Subban  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Jim O'Brien
13:35MTL Michael Bournival  Hooking  - 2 min against  Mark Stone
14:58MTL David Desharnais  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Mark Stone
15:22OTT Mark Stone  Hooking  - 2 min against  Tomas Plekanec
2nd Period
00:57MTL Josh Gorges  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Mark Stone
06:23OTT Michael Sdao  Holding  - 2 min against  Michael Bournival
3rd Period
12:09OTT Mark Borowiecki  Roughing  - 2 min against  Travis Moen
12:09MTL Travis Moen  Roughing  - 2 min against  Mark Borowiecki
14:02OTT Dave Dziurzynski  Boarding  - 2 min against  P.K. Subban
16:55OTT Matt Kassian  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Travis Moen
16:55MTL Travis Moen  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Matt Kassian
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/40/4
Faceoff Wins2734
Blocked Shots1823
Penalty Minutes1515
2J. CowenD00-20026:11
5C. CeciD0014022:29
15Z. SmithC00-32019:28
18J. O'BrienC0003013:14
26M. PuempelL000209:35
27C. LazarR0001013:39
28M. KassianL00-2055:20
45C. WidemanD0103022:38
49F. ClaessonD00-11017:50
55B. RobinsonR00-10014:44
57D. GrantC0000011:48
58M. SdaoD00-10414:11
59D. DziurzynskiL00-11216:19
61M. StoneR00-23215:49
68M. HoffmanL0011016:34
74M. BorowieckiD00-12217:16
89C. ConacherC1013017:17
93M. ZibanejadC0014017:02
40R. Lehner00.0000:00
41C. Anderson2225.88058:36
11B. GallagherR00-12012:13
14T. PlekanecC1012018:21
17R. BourqueR0112016:19
21B. GiontaR0113015:46
26J. GorgesD0010219:38
27A. GalchenyukC1001011:56
32T. MoenL0001710:26
40N. BeaulieuD0000017:02
48D. BriereC0221016:48
49M. BournivalL000428:51
51D. DesharnaisC0110217:40
53R. WhiteC000109:53
55F. BouillonD0000019:25
61R. DiazD0020018:40
67M. PaciorettyL1013017:21
76P. SubbanD0003222:12
79A. MarkovD0012023:20
81L. EllerC0100014:19
30P. Budaj00.0000:00
31C. Price2930.96759:50